THE Guardian reports that tickets for the 2019 Glastonbury music festival sold out half an hour after going on sale as record numbers of people attempted to buy one.

135,000 tickets have been sold with festival goers making the commitment before even knowing the line-up.

“Tickets have now all sold out! We are blown away by the huge demand, looks like record numbers tried. Thank you for your patience and incredible support and for those of you who missed out, there will be a ticket resale in April,” commented co-organiser Emily Eavis.

 

 

The Daily Mirror puts the spotlight in England's smallest school.

The Milburn School in Cumbria only has six pupils, one classroom and just one full-time teacher.

And it is so tiny, three year olds learn alongside 10-year-olds and their lunches are cooked by a local pub chef.

Pupils at the Milburn, which is on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, play on the picturesque village green during breaks because there is no playground.

Headteacher Nick Page, who splits his time as head between Milburn School and nearby Beaconside Primary School, which has 451 pupils. says that the low number of students means they benefit from one-to-one teaching.

He said: “Milburn is very special school in terms of its location, its number of pupils and what it has to offer.”

 

 

The Independent tells us that the remnants of a 200-year-old shipwreck have been found on a beach at Royal Bay of Grouville on the island of Jersey.

Metal detectorist Jonathan Bull discovered around 21 pieces of copper sheathing which are thought to belong to the HMS Severn and one is stamped “1794”– the year the ship finished undergoing a refit at Plymouth dockyard.

Records show the Severn was damaged nearby, stranded in the bay with a broken rudder.

 

 

According to the Daily Express, soaring property prices have forced more than a quarter of young adults to live with their parents.

The paper says that record numbers of those aged 20 to 34 cannot afford to leave home because of high rents and daunting mortgage deposits and payments and the number has increased by an extra 5,500 every month over the last 15 years,.

Angus Hanton, the co-founder of the pressure group Intergenerational Fairness, said: “Many young people simply cannot afford to fly the nest when they face stagnant wages, precarious employment, unpaid internships, and high student debt.”

 

 

An article in The Guardian newspaper says that a love poem written from the frontline of the Somme by the “great forgotten voice of the First World War”, the American author, heiress, suffragette and nurse Mary Borden, will form the heart of an event at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

The poem was written for a young British officer with whom she had an affair while running a field hospital during the First World War.

Borden expert Professor Paul O’Prey said it was “the only love poem I know about the battle of the Somme”.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)